By Lex Ashworth
I could waste time going over the do’s and don’ts of Hogwarts, give you advice on each, and bore you out of your mind within the first line of this article. You already know all that if you bothered to listen in class or in your house meetings. So instead, the advice I am going to give is how to enjoy your time at school.
Hogwarts is first a privilege, not a right. Even though nearly everyone with a right foot who live in Britain was educated in Hogwarts, parents have the choice on if they want to ship off their kid or not, or if they want to choose another school. So the first bit of advice is to remember that you don’t HAVE to be there, and they CAN chuck you out. But only if they catch you.
Ok, boring stuff out of the way!
The castle is full of different people, some nice, some mean, some stinky, and some have really loud high heels. You need to be prepared for all of them. Having an open mind will really help you deal with the many funny faces you come across. For example, if someone comes at you and tried to stuff a Pygmy Puff in your face and tell you they are the new fashion (they are probably right if the Puff is red) then you either need to join in on the craziness that is the Puff world, or roll your eyes and laugh.
Or, maybe some stuck up sixth year was dumped and is taking out their moodiness on you. I’ve heard it is best to run in a zig-zag! But if you are not the running away sort, you can always run directly at them. After all, you are likely the perfect height to cause a lot of discomfort!
Professors love nothing more than when students go beyond what they are taught, when they get creative and use the skills they have for thinking outside of the box. For this you will need a good sense of humor. Did a professor teach you a new potion? See if you can tweak it into something that smells terrible. It shouldn’t be too hard! Then leave it out side of the staff room, if you can find it. (If you find it, let me know! I still haven’t.) Did a professor teach you a new charm? Maybe you learned to levitate those damn feathers. Use that to levitate snowballs and chuck them at people, then by the time the person turns around, you did nothing wrong and they can’t prove it because your hands are dry!
The castle is a perfect playground for the creative and mischievous, and if you don’t consider yourself either of those, then you’re missing out and better get your head in the game. Or it will be SEVEN Long Years of boredom.
There you have it! The best advice I can give to first years so you can enjoy your time at school better, is to have a really good sense of humor, an open mind, oh and and a nose that is very strong or does not work!